Username: Oshow (Email)
Level / Points:
I am a: Backpacker - I prefer backpacking over hiking.
I go hiking: Once per month
I usually go on hikes that are: Very Difficult
Birthplace: Suffolk, England
Country: United States
State: New Mexico
Biography: I'm a 5th generation New Mexican, a 1995 graduate of Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, TX, and a lifelong backpacker and hiker. During Winter months, I'm a ski instructor at Ski Cloudcroft in Cloudcroft New Mexico, and during warm weather, I own a guide service which takes backpacking and trout fishing tours to wilderness areas all over New Mexico. To make an actual living, I do a little contracting work for the government on the side.
My Best Hike: Gila River Middle Fork - Gila Wilderness, Fall 2004
Best Hike Description: This is a 50 miler, but only about 15 miles are uphill. In addition, 90% of the trip is on mountain streams, including 25 miles of the best trout fishing in New Mexico, including the world's only Gila trout! Beautiful scenery, and several old mining camps to explore.
My Worst Hike: MacGregor Range - Alamogordo, New Mexico, August 1997
Worst Hike Description: No map, no GPS, no food, just two good old boys trying to wing it. 16 hours later we arrived back at the car suffering from terrific cold, dehydration and hunger. I have never left without my GPS again.
A Memorable Trail Moment: 1996 - I came rolling out of a brush choked ravine onto a small flat spot in the Sacramento Mountains west of Cloudcroft. As soon as I stepped out of the brush, I sat down against a tree to catch my breath. When I looked up I noticed a sizeable black bear sitting down munching on a berry bush 30 or 40 feet away. Before I could scream or wet my pants, he noticed me, and I could tell he couldn't decide whether to scream or wet his pants! After perhaps 10 seconds, we both hopped up and ran back the way we had come. I'm sure the bear still tells the story as well!
Dumbest Trail Move: When I decided that I wouldn't need a sleeping bag in July in the mountains because it was so warm. Inevitably a cold front rolled in and I found myself trying to sleep in a 40 mph wind wrapped in a piece of rotting canvas I found in a mineshaft. Dumb, dumb, dumb!
Trails That I Want To Hike: 2. Through-hike the Appalachian Trail 3. Death Valley - West to East 4. England/Scotland - North to South 5. Gobi Desert 6. Al-Can Highway - Canadian border to Anchorage 7. Khyber Pass - Pakistan to Afghanistan 8. Grand Trunk Road - Calcutta, India to Kabul, Afghanistan 9. Donner Pass- complete old rail bed. 10. Jornada del Muerte - El Paso to Albuquerque
|White Creek Flat||United States||New Mexico||Strenuous||46.00 miles|
|Turkey Creek - White Mountain Wilderness||United States||New Mexico||Difficult||7.00 miles|
|Tortolita Canyon||United States||New Mexico||Very Difficult||13.00 miles|
|The Catwalk||United States||New Mexico||Moderate||2.20 miles|
|Mascot Canyon||United States||Arizona||Difficult||7.00 miles|
|Apache Canyon||United States||Arizona||Very Difficult||10.00 miles|
|Big Bear Canyon - White Mountain Wilderness||United States||New Mexico||Difficult||15.00 miles|
|Ancho Peak - Lincoln National Forest||United States||New Mexico||Difficult||15.00 miles|
|Oliver Lee State Park||United States||New Mexico||Moderate to Difficult||13.60 miles|
|Kelly - Cibola National Forest||United States||New Mexico||Difficult||16.00 miles|
Oshow's Trip Reports
|White Creek Flat||United States||New Mexico||03/28/2008||3 days 8 hours|
|Turkey Creek - White Mountain Wilderness||United States||New Mexico||03/17/2007||2 days|
|Tortolita Canyon||United States||New Mexico||07/23/2006||2 days 12 hours|
|The Catwalk||United States||New Mexico||06/25/2006||1 hour 50 minutes|
|Apache Canyon||United States||Arizona||10/14/2005||17 hours|
|Oliver Lee State Park||United States||New Mexico||06/18/2005||2 hours 30 minutes|
|Iron Lake - Gila Wilderness||United States||New Mexico||04/09/2005||2 days|
|The Plains of San Augustine||United States||New Mexico||03/25/2005||3 days 8 hours|
|Hirschberger Peak||United States||New Mexico||03/03/2005||12 hours|
|Rockhound State Park - Florida Mountains||United States||New Mexico||04/16/2004||1 day 14 hours|